OF JUDGMENT: 01/14/2016
COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT HON. L. BRELAND HILBURN TRIAL JUDGE
COURT ATTORNEYS: MARK W. GARRIGA TOM P. CALHOUN, III
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLANT: JAMIE FERGUSON JACKS
ATTORNEY FOR APPELLEE: TOM P. CALHOUN, III
Following a narrow loss to Gloria Dickerson in the Sunflower
County Board of Supervisor's Democratic Primary election,
Barry Bryant filed a Petition to Contest Qualifications of
Gloria Dickerson as Nominee for Supervisor. Specifically,
Bryant claimed that Dickerson was not a resident of Sunflower
County. In the Sunflower County Circuit Court, Senior Status
Judge Breland Hilburn heard the contest and found in favor of
Dickerson. Bryant now appeals the circuit court's
decision. We affirm.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
On February 3, 2015, Dickerson submitted her Qualifying
Statement of Intent to run in the Democratic Primary for the
Board of Supervisors, Fifth District, in Sunflower County.
Dickerson listed her mailing and street address as "166
Broadway, Drew, MS 38737[.]" Bryant, the incumbent, also
qualified for the primary. By a narrow margin, Dickerson
defeated Bryant in the primary election held on August 4,
On August 20, 2015, Bryant submitted a Petition to Contest
Qualifications "pursuant to Miss[issisppi] Code
Ann[otated section] 23-15-921" to the Executive
Committee of the Democratic Party in Sunflower County. Then,
on August 27, 2015, Bryant "in accordance with
Miss[issippi] Code Ann[otated section] 23-15-927[, ]"
filed his Petition to Contest Qualifications of Gloria
Dickerson as Nominee for Supervisor with the circuit court.
The sole basis for Bryant's challenge is his claim that
Dickerson "was not a domiciled resident of Sunflower
County nor did she provide absolute proof that she would be a
domiciled resident of Sunflower County prior to the [general]
election." Bryant provided the following facts as proof
that Dickerson was, in fact, a resident of Hinds County at
the time she filed her qualifying papers:
Since 1985, Dickerson and her husband have jointly owned a
home in Jackson, Mississippi.
The recent homestead exemption application shows the Jackson
home as the primary home.
Dickerson and her husband have Hinds County license plates on